THOUGHTS for the WEEK

 
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Figure it out for yourself

posted 11 Aug 2017, 22:24 by C S Paul

Figure it out for yourself 
By Edgar A. Guest

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say, “I can.”

Look them over, the wise and great
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes.
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know.
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: “I can.”

A Love Relationship - That is Christianity

posted 28 Jul 2017, 04:01 by C S Paul   [ updated 28 Jul 2017, 04:02 ]

 A Love Relationship - That is Christianity

You cannot love someone that you do not know, and you cannot know someone that you don’t spend quality time with.

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to trust Him. To trust Him is to obey Him. To obey Him is to be blessed. It begins with a daily, quality communication with the Lord.

Why is it best to spend time with the Lord in the morning? Because you are getting ready to go on a road trip through life. You don’t take the trip and then read the map, do you?

How are you starting your mornings? With a cup of coffee and the paper? Or with the pure milk of the Word and the light of His presence?

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.

Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. -- Psalm 5:1-3

Benefits of growing older

posted 14 Jul 2017, 23:24 by C S Paul   [ updated 14 Jul 2017, 23:58 ]

Benefits of growing older


Are You Wiser Today Than You Were Yesterday?
      
By Michael Josephson 

Do you think you're any wiser today than you were five years ago? 

Do you think you'll be wiser still in another five years? 

I hope the answer to both questions is an emphatic "yes." 

One of the benefits of growing older is getting better. And we get better by learning.

I'm not just talking about new facts, like how a volcanic eruption in Iceland can prevent airline traffic in most of Europe.

I'm talking about learning basic nuggets of wisdom that can change our lives.

For starters, I've learned that as long as I'm willing to learn, I can learn, and the fact that I'm wiser today doesn't mean I was foolish or incompetent before.

I've learned that you don't have to be sick to get better.

I've learned that no matter how old I am, my life and character are works in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

I've learned that it's easy to mask moral compromises with rationalizations and that my character is revealed not by my words or intentions but by my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

I've learned that my character is more important than my competence and that being significant is more important than being successful.

I've learned that I often judge myself by my good intentions but that I'll be judged by my last worst act.

I've learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

Finally, I've learned that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional and that it's not what happens to me that matters most but what happens in me.

After You Conquer The World ?

posted 6 Jul 2017, 23:24 by C S Paul   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 23:25 ]

After You Conquer The World ?
Author Unknown  
   
There once lived a powerful king who undertook an expedition to conquer foreign lands. 

His wise counselor asked him, "Great king, to what purpose do you set out on this endeavor?" 

"To become master of Asia", the king replied. "And then what?" asked the counselor. 

"I shall invade Arabia", said the king. 

"And after that?" "I shall conquer Europe and Africa; and finally, when the whole world is under me, I shall rest and live at ease." 

To this the wise counselor retorted, "But what keeps you from resting and living at ease here and now, if that is all you want? You could settle down this very day without the trouble and risks."

THE GOLDEN RULES....

posted 30 Jun 2017, 03:56 by C S Paul

THE GOLDEN RULES....

By James Fisher Jr

  • To have a friend, you must be a friend, starting with yourself.
  • The greatest hunger a person has is to be needed. Help create that feeling in others.
  • The greatest virtue is kindness. You can't love everyone, but you can be kind to everyone.
  • Don't try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you.
  • Be enthusiastic. Nothing of consequence was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  • Be positive. Positive people attract others, while negative people repel.
  • You have greater impact on others by the way you listen than by the way you talk.
  • Gossip cheapens the one who gossips more than the one gossiped about.
  • Call a person by his or her name and use it often in conversation. 
  • Communicate cheerfulness.
  • Differences are bound to occur and can be resolved if conflict is managed in a polite manner.
  • If you are given to making fun of someone, be sure it is of yourself. 
  • Be genuinely interested in others. Get them to talk about themselves. 
  • A smile doesn't cost anything and pays big dividends. It makes you and everyone else feel better.
  • Be the first to say: "Hello! Good to see you."
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • The golden rule is where it all begins and ends.

Smile

posted 23 Jun 2017, 03:04 by C S Paul

Smile

by Don Head

A Smile

May brighten up a cloudy day

Can make you feel good

Sometimes a hurt will disappear

Here’s hoping that more would

Heart welcomes what the eyes can see

An attitude could change

Inside warms from its glowing beam

No matter what the range

Like sun, but won’t affect your sight

Nor will it harm your skin

Can instantly bring happiness

Shine starts out as a grin

A smile can do all of this

Reflects a person’s grace

Less work with fewer muscles used

Makes an attractive face

And last but not least, one more thing

Kind of contagious too

Puts it back on the viewer’s face

When it is seen, it’s true

Christianity is.....

posted 15 Jun 2017, 23:33 by C S Paul

Christianity is.....

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. -- Norman Cousins

The fewer the words, the better the prayer. -- Martin Luther

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. -- Daniel Webster

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not 
only because I see it, but because I see everything by it. -- C.S.Lewis

To be like Christ is to be a Christian. -- Daniel Webster

The measure of a Christian is not in the height of his grasp but in 
the depth of his love. -- Clarence Jordan

A Christian is a keyhole through which other folk see God. --Robert E. Gibson

We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon. - Jimmy Carter

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a 
philosophy of life, but a living presence. -- Samuel Taylor 

Christian life consists of faith and charity. -- Martin Luther

The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to 
produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does 
not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life. 
-- James L. Christensen

Secrets to Make you Beautiful

posted 9 Jun 2017, 23:39 by C S Paul

Secrets to Make you Beautiful

  • For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. 
  • For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. 
  • For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
  • For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. 
  • For poise, walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.
  • We leave you a tradition of the future. The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
  • People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw anyone away.
  • Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
  • As you grow older, you'll discover that you have two hands: One for helping yourself, the second for helping others.
  • You have great days still ahead of you. May there be many of them.

Don't ever Assume!

posted 3 Jun 2017, 21:57 by C S Paul

 Don't ever Assume!

 An excellent parable

His request approved, the CNN news photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let's go."

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind, and took off.

Once in the air the photographer instructed the pilot, "Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides."

"Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm a photographer for CNN," he responded, "and I need to get some close up shots."

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, "So, what you're telling me, is ... You're NOT my flight instructor?"

— Source: Unknown

The real gift...

posted 12 May 2017, 04:29 by C S Paul   [ updated 12 May 2017, 04:32 ]

The real gift...

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION... 
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER... 
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE... 
It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT... 
A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOUR... 
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE... 
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION... 
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank you." 

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